2020 was a year of change and of challenges on both a personal and global level for everyone. We at Israel Life Saving Federation look back with pride on our accomplishments in these surreal times.

 ILSF introduced it’s very first Nippers and Dolphin’s program to Israel’s Beaches, with 120 young participants and 65 volunteers. The success surpassed all of our expectations and it was a dream come true. Our closing ceremonies for the summer were attended by the then Australian Ambassador to Israel Mr. Chris Cannan and the Deputy Mayor of Herzliya Mrs. Ofra Bell. Adding to our success, we hosted our first Maccabi/Masa program with 40 student volunteers from South America.  ILSF has received incredible media coverage and appeared in the news items in both Israel and Australia.

On Anzac Day, ILSF was proud to join in the annual “Ride Like an Anzac” to commemorate the Battle of Beersheba, where 3 of our board members, Danny Hakim, Paul Hakim and Dr. Harvey Belik together with the new Australian Ambassador to Israel Paul Griffiths and a group of other riders followed the trail of the Anzacs from Kibbutz Beeri in the South.

LtoR Dr Harvey Beilik, Danny Hakim, Ambassador Griffiths and Patrick Mayoh, Policy Officer Australian Embassy, Tel-Aviv,

L to R: Dr. Harvey Belik, Danny Hakim, Ambassador Griffiths and Patrick Mayoh, Policy Officer Australian Embassy, Tel-Aviv.

Israel held its first annual “Worlds Biggest Beach Clean Up” on October 30th and ILSF was proud to join and clean up on Hertzliya’s beaches. Followed by a fun activity in the water.

In December ILSF President Paul Hakim visited Australia where he hosted the first ILSF awareness-raising event in Sydney and made many new friends for ILSF and formed the Australian Friends of Israel Life Saving Federation. During his trip, Paul worked countless hours learning more about the iconic Surf Life Saving model and patrolling on Coogee beach in Sydney. Mr. Doug Hawkins, the New South Wales Trainer of the Year 2020, has been instrumental with his professional advice.

This year we will be introducing Sports Life Saving where we will hold competitions on different levels and aspire to compete on an international level in the near future. The Surf Sports include, Surf Paddling, Open Water Swimming, Beach Races, Relay Races and Surf Life Saving Iron Man/Lady - Run, Swim, Paddle.

Pesach is around the corner and ILSF will be back on the beach with new programs for our Dolphins and Nippers. We will be holding trainings for new Age Managers and Water-Safety volunteer instructors and refresher courses for our wonderful volunteers from last summer.

As we kick-off 2021, we would like to welcome Roy Hessing to the ILSF board and introduce you to all our Board members.

Click here to review their profiles.

We are looking forward to an exciting 2021 and with your help, we are certain that it will be a great year for all of us.

Stay up to date with all upcoming events which will appear on our website and Facebook Page.

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It all started off in the first lockdown back in March with the decision to launch the very first Nippers and Dolphins program on Zvulun beach, Herzliya.

Within a couple of very intense weeks, we had our website up and running and started to spread the word..

Before we knew it, Israel Life Saving Federation was blooming. Social Media, News Articles in the Times of Israel , Australia’s i24 news and local news - the message that ILSF is bringing Australia’s water safety culture to Israel was getting out there and registration for our summer program was filling up with kids joining all the way from Jerusalem to Nahariha.

Water Safety experts and Age Managers were trained in different sessions both on Zoom and on the beach and an amazing team was created.

Dolphins (13-17-year-olds) started their course at Kfar Maccabiah with a swim test and their first
session on July 2nd. Followed by 3 additional sessions on Zvulun beach. There they learned 

  • Surf awareness and skills
  • Safety and well-being
  • The human body
  • CPR and first aid
  • Communications
  • Rescue techniques
  • Patrol and radio operations
  • Board and tube rescue techniques    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Jordan Palevoy                                                                                                                                                                                         

Thanks to the overwhelming response of volunteers and instructors, the program was a huge success, In fact, Dolphins ages 15+ volunteered to do an advanced water safety course and joined the Nippers program as assistant age managers and water-safety guides. This experience bonded these teens and kindled many friendships who otherwise may not have met.

The Nippers(ages 7-12) program started July 26th on Zvulun beach, Due to the popular demand (and requirements to keep small groups and social distancing), there was a morning and an afternoon session every Sunday for 6 weeks. 

Rotating in 4 different stations the kids learned’

  1. Swim and Tube Rescue
  2. Rescue Boards and Surfing
  3. Fun and Fitness
  4. First Aid & CPR

Our graduation ceremony, held at the end of August was attended by the Australian Ambassador to Israel H.E Chris Cannan, Deputy Mayor to Herzliya, Ofra Bel and Hetzliya Beach Manager, Shmulik Lin

LtoR: Danny Hakim (ILSF Chairman), H.E., Chris Cannan (Australian Ambassador to Israel), Paul Hakim (ILSF President), Ofra Bell (Deputy Mayor Herzliya), Shmulik Lin (Hetzliya Beach Manager) and Ofer Saar (Herzliya Marina Manager).(Photo Credit: Moshe Sandbank Photography)


Making our mark on Tel-Aviv Beach

ILSF joined forces with Maya’s Surf Club on Alma Beach in Tel-Aviv we held our first introductory Nippers program for over 40 kids from 2 surf schools and Meitarim Tel Aviv elementary school. 

Photo by Jordan Polevoy 

ILSF goes international with Maccabi South America

Over the first 2 weeks of September, ILSF taught surf rescue skills to Jewish participants from Maccabi World Union’s South America Yachad gap year program.  40 students from Chile, Uruguay and Argentina had the time of their life getting fit and learning surf rescue skills. Yachad Yariba!

ILSF making historic headlines. 

To top off our activities before the “ festival lockdown “, a film crew from Channel 12 news came to film our nippers and dolphins on the beach.  What a sweet way to end the year, and look forward to a positive and fruitful new year to come.


Filming for Channel 12 Kids News- Photo by Danny Hakim

A big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers, whom without, this summer would not have been the success that it was. And THANK YOU to all of those who supported us both on the beach and off. Welcome to the ILSF family

Looking to the future, this was not just a summer program. ILSF are making plans to grow in many locations by integrating their program in schools in order to create a community and beach culture that promotes water-safety and reduces drownings in Israel. 


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